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How to Help the Man in Your Life Avoid Dental Disease

Family Dentistry Methuen MA The more we have become familiar with the body, the more we understand that men and women have unique needs and risks. For example, research suggests that men are more susceptible to health conditions such as high blood pressure and heart disease. They may also experience more dental problems than women, though this is more so because men don’t seem to be as in touch with their oral health needs.

The men in our lives may need a little encouragement to keep them in the best possible health. Because we know that oral health and general health are intertwined, we can recognize specific ways to care for the body through the mouth. These include:

  • Committing to daily oral care. The American Academy of Periodontology and the American Dental Association have both released statistics that indicate men are less likely than women to brush twice a day. They also tend not to floss regularly. Committing to morning and nighttime brushing and flossing before bed is a challenge that offers enormous rewards.
  • Seeking preventive care. The common trend among men is to seek dental care when something hurts. It’s easy to forget about our teeth when we feel fine. However, the Academy of General Dentistry has reported that 34% of 30- to 54-year-old men develop periodontal disease (as opposed to 23% of women). Men need two checkups and cleanings each year and may even require additional cleanings if gum disease has developed. Staying in a routine of preventive care prevents a man from needing extensive treatment. It also decreases his risk of tooth loss.
  • Protecting his teeth. Many men engage in sports as a way to stay physically and socially active. Sports provide excellent health benefits for men of all ages, and also presents a bit of risk to teeth. Men who play sports such as baseball are encouraged to wear a mouth guard. The guards that are available today are far less bulky and intrusive than those available just a decade ago.

Many of the oral health problems that can cause pain and tooth loss can be prevented. With early detection and treatment, most conditions can be quickly repaired. With routine checkups and cleanings, we may be able to avoid the need for repair altogether.

We’re here to help you enjoy lifelong oral health. Call our Methuen or Windham office for personal dental care.